About this lesson
Learn to cite your sources for a college paper or report.
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Citations and Bibliography
Learn to cite your sources for a college essay or report.
When to use
A reference for the purpose of acknowledging the relevance of the works of others to the topic of discussion… to uphold intellectual honesty or avoid plagiarism.
A list of the sources and citations used to support your paper, typically 3 sources per paper in academic settings.
Add a citation after a quote
- In your document, click the References Ribbon, Citations & Bibliography group.
- Click the Style arrow and choose a style.
This is usually specifically stated by your instructor as to which style he/she requires.
- Click at the end of the text that you want to cite.
- Click Insert Citation and then select Add New Source.
- Choose the Type of Source
- Enter the citation details and click OK.
As you complete these steps for each citation, it is added to the Insert Citation button so you will not have to re-type it if you reference it again.
Create a bibliography (aka “references” list) from your sources
If this is a formal paper, you will include the Bibliography of your Citations. It is standard to place
the bibliography at the end of a document.
- Go the end of your document to the top of a new blank page
- On the References tab, in the Citations & Bibliography group, click Bibliography.
- Select one of the predesigned formats listed.
- As new citations are added, click the Bibliography Title and choose “Update Bibliography”
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